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Online Novel Writing Class

Online Writing Classes in Short Fiction and Novel Writing, for Experienced and Beginning Writers

The Writer's Path

Here’s the good news: while books may have a shelf life, writers don't. We don’t have to do our best work by the age of twenty, and, in fact, for most of us, our best work will come much later than that. Are you 45 and you haven’t yet published a book? 60? 65? No worries. The path is long...

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Best Books for Writers

Are you looking for some literary inspiration? Here are some of the best books for writers--books that offer inspiration, analysis, practical advice on craft, and thoughts on the writing life. Of course, as wonderful as these books are, no book about writing is a substitute for reading great...

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How to Write the First Chapter of Your Novel

You know that feeling when you walk into a great house? Or even just an interesting house? The feeling you get that things are in order, or aren’t. The feeling of the home being well-composed or chaotic. The sense you get of the kind of person who lives there. Maybe the entryway opens onto a...

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How to Organize Your Novel Ideas and Research: Essential Tools for Writers

Scrivener, Moleskine, Word, & other tools of the novelist's trade Cofession: my notebooks aren't quite pristine. There are coffee spills, crumpled pages, and peeling labels. That's okay. Great ideas aren't always neat and tidy. Eugen Ruge has this to say about notebooks in his wonderful...

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How to write when you don't feel inspired

One of the main concerns I hear from writers, especially those working on their first novel is, “I don’t like what I’m writing. It doesn’t sound the way I want it to.” That’s normal. Even with seven books under my belt (plus a couple of novels and many short stories that never saw the light of...

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Write your novel in 2019!

So you want to write a novel, but you don’t know how to get started. Or maybe you’ve tried writing a novel in the past and haven’t finished. In Novel in Nine, you will write a complete draft of a novel in eight months and devote the ninth month to revision. Instead of a burst of activity...

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Writing Great Characters - a One-Week Crash Course for Fiction Writers

Although Einstein famously said that "time is an illusion," we all know how difficult it can be to find the time to write and improve your craft. In fact, more than a third of you who answered 4 Quick Questions About Your Writing Life told me that the greatest challenge you...

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Twelve Scenes You Should Cut from Your Novel

Your job as a novelist is to entertain your readers. Enlighten them, sure. Wow them with beautiful sentences, yes. Give them something to think about, someone to relate to, a new way of seeing an old thing: absolutely. But job number one is to entertain. You have to give them a good story. Here...

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Books to Help You Write Great Sentences

Student questions often help me to identify topics for new lectures and blog posts. That’s exactly what happened with this terrific, practical question that I received yesterday from a student in my Novel Writing Master Class Series. In Lesson 11: On Endings & on Making Progress, I...

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Three Simple Steps to Help You Start Your Novel

For many aspiring writers, the most daunting part of writing a novel is simply getting started. Feeling like you have to know everything before you begin can be paralyzing. Trust me, you don't have to know everything. You don't have to have a great outline or a perfect one-sentence premise or a...

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